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Seaside Park, Bridgeport

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Seaside Park, located in Bridgeport, Connecticut, is a 2.5mi long crescent-shaped park bordering Bridgeport Harbor, Long Island Sound, and Black Rock Harbor. The park lies within Bridgeport's South End neighborhood.HistoryAs Bridgeport rapidly grew in population in the 19th century, residents recognized the need for more public parks. In 1863, The Standard urged the creation of one or more public parks in the city and a movement to create a park along Long Island Sound and Black Rock Harbor began. By 1864, P. T. Barnum and other residents had donated approximately 35acre to create Seaside Park, gradually increased to about 100acre by 1884. In 1867, plans for a seawall and a driving track and walkway were made and drawings for the park were obtained from Frederick Law Olmsted whose firm completed the work. Barnum donated additional land between Iranistan Avenue, Barnum Dyke, and Waldemere Avenue in 1878. In 1866, work on a Soldiers' monument was begun and the completed monument was dedicated in 1876. In 1884, a statue of Elias Howe was added and a bronze statue of Barnum (created by Thomas Ball) was added in 1893. A final major monument, the William Hunt Perry Memorial Arch (designed by Henry Bacon, architect of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.) was added in 1918. In 1884, Olmsted described Seaside Park as "a capital place for a drive or walk.... a fine dressy promenade." Seaside Park is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , custom trip planner Edition.
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  • Love the low tide hours. Calming. We use to live by there and love the foggy days as well. Winter time we would even go to enjoy the snowy beach. Want see more pictures : Instagram account : jubeijaxx 
    Love the low tide hours. Calming. We use to live by there and love the foggy days as well. Winter time we would even go to enjoy the snowy beach. Want see more pictures : Instagram account : jubeijaxx  more »
  • Best beach in Fairfield county CT. I have lived in Bridgeport all my life and can definitely say it is the best beach in the area. The beachfront is very long with plenty of sandy areas to layout. If....  more
    Best beach in Fairfield county CT. I have lived in Bridgeport all my life and can definitely say it is the best beach in the area. The beachfront is very long with plenty of sandy areas to layout. If....  more »
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  • Its free too get into the park, no attendees at the entrance!!!
  • A great place to go sit and enjoy some fresh air whether in your car or on a bench, lots of people doing the same on warmer days too so parking may get a little tight. The park is clean, spacious and there's a children's playground too.

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